I had several long evening walks this week east and north from me on Ninth
and it would appear that on on some blocks, particularly where homes are
less renovated, Gray signs prevail. There are very few, if any, Fenty
signs. I suspect Gray will be our next mayor due to apathy from the
self-absorbed, unregistered, new busy young moderns who've moved here
but think DC politics are immaterial to or just too beneath them.
Gray will usher back in the good old days of Barry Third World politics
where constituent services will be tightly controlled and allocated by
having to petition the big man at neighborhood meetings to have your trash
cleaned up, the police patrol your block, have a water leak or a pothole
repaired, and an error in your tax bill remedied. Don't expect any services
unless you can prove your bona fides -- at least third generation Black DC
resident. Expect the return of long, long lines in the DMV with surly
inspectors and clerks. Construction will stop as developers will again flee
when the pols demand kickbacks and jobs for the indolent and insolent.
Expect real "gentrification" taxs for more worthless "programs" for PG
county bourgeiois friends of the mayor that make "Peaceaholics" look like an
effective crime-fighting operation. Expect the police to spend more
time writing tickets (church people exempted) instead of catching
criminals. Neighborhood rule by preacher will return. Teachers will no
longer be compelled to teach and students freed from having to learn. Go
Gray and bring back the good old days of DC politics.